Is there anything in life more irritating than feeling a headache coming on? Even if you don’t suffer from migraines, the stress and strain that a headache causes can be genuinely debilitating.
It’s different from just about any other kind of pain. With some aches, you can isolate the part that’s hurting, not use it and even somewhat ignore it. But if it’s in your head, there’s no such option.
I’ve suffered from both headaches and migraines for as long as I can remember. Although, there doesn’t seem to be much I can do about the migraines, for my headaches, I’ve learnt what my triggers are and I go out of my way to avoid those triggers.
Some people associate migraines with headaches, and frequent headaches with migraines. The truth is a great deal more complicated than this, however. For one thing, a headache is just one part of a migraine and is often the way most migraines start developing.
For another, there are several types and causes of headache that have absolutely nothing to do with a migraine. And these are the types that you need to find the source of – and the best solutions to.
Possibly the most common type of headache, pain caused by pressure can be brought on by any number of things. Stress in and of itself can cause them, if you’ve been on high anxiety for a prolonged period. They may also be brought on by staring at a screen for too long.
It is essential to take breaks from staring at screens, and wearing tinted glasses can lessen the occurrence of headaches.
Trying to lead a less stressful life isn’t easy, but try to find time just to sit quietly every once in awhile. And tension headaches can also be caused by how you sleep.
Moving around in your sleep trying to get comfortable can lead to you lying with your head in an awkward position. Use the right number of pillows – usually two – and check a memory foam mattresses advice guide. The right mattress can make a world of difference.
Completely unfairly, along with the many other issues that Mother Nature throws our way once a month, we can also get pounding headaches. This is due to an influx of hormone in the body, and is usually influenced by menstrual cycles or a change in birth control.
There is not a lot that can be done to stop them, as hormone changes are inevitable pre-menopause. However, they can be relieved a lot with a hot compress and a bit of rest. Along with some paracetamol.
Do you use caffeine to help wake you up in the morning? And then top up as the day goes on and you feel your eyelids drooping? Most of us do.
This might mean that you drink less coffee on the weekends or when you aren’t working? And do you sometimes find your days off ruined by nagging headaches?
What you are suffering is probably a rebound headache. It is a response to the body’s increased dependence on a stimulant – in this case, caffeine – and the sudden withdrawal of that.
The best way to deal with them is to reduce your caffeine intake during the week and regulate it overall. While it’s going on, over-the-counter pain medication and lots of water are recommended.
I think one of the best ways of dealing with headaches is to try to avoid them altogether. You can only do this by knowing your body and what factors affect you.
If you tend to get headaches when you skip meals, make sure you carry snacks with you to see you through; and if your headaches are usually brought on by tension, ensure you get frequent periods of rest or time away from your screen.